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Weekly issues every Saturday morning and other special articles throughout the week — there's something for everyone. Check out our sister site KRL News & Reviews for even more articles every week.


Tell Tail Heart: A Cat Cafe Mystery By Cate Conte: Review/Giveaway/Guest Post

FROM THE August 3 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Sandra Murphy
& Cate Conte


It’s off season on Daybreak Island, a time to repair, update, and plan for the next tourist season. Some businesses remain open, at least on a limited basis, for islanders. Maddie’s business, JJ’s House of Purrs is no exception. If you can stand the noise of the carpenters working to redo the layout of the old house, then the cat café is open, serving pastries and drinks, and furnishing a cat or ten to keep you company. If you should fall in love with one of them, no worries, they’re all available for adoption.

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Heart of Barkness By Spencer Quinn: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE August 3 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Bernie’s been in the hospital for a long time, especially in dog time. Chet had to stay with their buddy Rick. At least Rick took him to visit Bernie, almost every day. Now Bernie is standing outside the hospital, ready to go home! Is this a great day or what?!

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Stories From Darts: Mystery Short Story

FROM THE August 3 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Gary Hoffman


“Hey, Barb. Wantta throw one?”
Barb stopped in mid-step. “Sure.” She entered Jason’s office, and he handed her a dart. She took as careful aim as she could and threw the dart at the large cork board hanging on the other wall.

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Bark of Night By David Rosenfelt: Review/Giveaway

FROM THE August 3 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Andy Carpenter is a defense attorney who really doesn’t like to take cases, investigate, and go to court. Luckily, he has enough money that he doesn’t have to. When his beloved Golden Retriever, Tara, is at the vet’s office and the vet asks about a legal problem, that changes everything.

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Kritter Kids Kountry Korner

FROM THE August 3 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Ron & Angie Van Herwyn



Kritter Kids was the original name of the company when I began it in August of 2005, after I retired from the military. I was a disabled veteran and my life was about to change. At the end of August, a friend handed me two handicapped raccoons. That is how it started.

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July Concerts and Shows Review

FROM THE August 3 ISSUE

IN THE Music SECTION

by Steven Sanchez



When Americans celebrate the Fourth of July, we anticipate food, drinks, American flags decorated on everything, but most importantly…fireworks. One after the other, just a symphony of exploding lights, seeing what the next one is going to look like, what color will it be, and will it be bigger than the last one? Fireworks are very similar to what live entertainment is like here in the Central Valley, who’s coming into town this time, how will this show be?

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Until the Day I Die By Emily Carpenter: Review/Giveaway/Interview

FROM THE August 3 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Sandra Murphy


Erin Gaines, her husband, and a couple of good, really best, friends start their own company. It features an app that helps users stick to their budget. As you pass a store, it will tell you what’s on sale, if it fits your allotted budget, and it keeps track of all your expenses and savings. A great way for college kids to live within their means, for adults to save for retirement, and for retirees to plan trips or gifts for the grandkids. The plan is to ride the app’s success for a few years, then sell to the highest bidder, retire as millionaires.

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KRL News & New Podcast Ep Featuring: Cracking the Case of Humpty Dumpty By Chelle Martin

FROM THE August 3 ISSUE

IN THE Mysteryrat's Maze SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham


Here is your weekly reminder that there are also new articles up on our other website KRL News & Reviews! Every week there will be book reviews and giveaways, plus sometimes pet articles, theatre articles, and more! And listen to our new podcast!

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Legally Blonde: The Musical Presented By CenterStage Clovis

FROM THE July 31 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance Mc Arthur


In the matter of CenterStage Clovis vs. Legally Blonde: The Musical, both parties came out the winner. An exuberant cast cheerfully brings the story of the 2001 Reese Witherspoon comedy (based on Amanda Brown’s novel) to tuneful life on the Mercedes Edwards Theatre stage. It’s funny, brisk, and there are a few delightful casting surprises.

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La Cage aux Folles Presented by StageWorks Fresno

FROM THE July 31 ISSUE

IN THE Lorie Lewis Ham SECTION

by Lorie Lewis Ham



La Cage aux Folles opened this past weekend presented by StageWorks Fresno, and I believe that this is the Fresno premiere of this show. This is a show that I have always wanted to see so I was very excited. As always, StageWorks Fresno did not disappoint!

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The Odd Couple Presented by the Visalia Players

FROM THE July 31 ISSUE

IN THE Theatre SECTION

by Nancy Holley



The Visalia Players open their sixty-third season with a classic comedy, The Odd Couple, by Neil Simon. The original Broadway production starring Walter Matthau as Oscar Madison and Art Carney as Felix Ungar won several Tony awards including Best Actor and Best Author.

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Cat House on the Kings: Cats and Kittens From Near and Far

FROM THE July 27 ISSUE

IN THE Animal Rescue Adventures SECTION

by Harvie Schreiber



July has been a month of rescues for The Cat House on the Kings with cats and kittens coming in from near and far, through water and fire, to be rescued and safe at our 12-acre sanctuary along the Kings River.

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A Trio of Food Mysteries

FROM THE July 27 ISSUE

IN THE Cynthia Chow SECTION

by Cynthia Chow


This week we have a trio of food mysteries for your summer fun-Sweet Tea and Secrets: A Tea and A Read Mystery by Joy Avon, Southern Sass and Killer Cravings: A Marygene Brown series by Kate Young, and Strangled Eggs and Ham: A Country Store Mystery by Maddie Day.

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Great Food Search: Summer Salads

FROM THE July 27 ISSUE

IN THE Terrance V. Mc Arthur SECTION

by Terrance McArthur


After stuffing myself with ice cream in June, I turned the Great Food Search toward a more healthy highway of food—salads. Some people look down on salads as that green stuff they have to chomp through before they can really eat something, but the dishes I am about to introduce to you are more than a mouthful—this is FOOD!

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